On Sunday 28th April, Harrods will play host to seven of the world’s top Italian chefs, who, when combined, bring a total of 13 Michelin stars to the iconic department store. Massimo Bottura, the brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea, Carlo Cracco, Gennaro Esposito, Luciano Monosilio and Davide Scabin, will join forces with the renowned Milanese chef’s congress, Identità Golose, to serve the ultimate Italian pranzo in the new edition of Identità London.
Each chef will create a dish for the seven-course lunch, taking place in The Georgian restaurant at Harrods. Brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea, from three Michelin-starred restaurants Da Vittorio, will together create a Salted codfish salad with codfish tripe and smoked potato mousse starter, along with a grand dessert buffet. Massimo Bottura will be serving his Beautiful Psychedelic Veal, not Flame Grille, one of the signature dish at his three Michelin-starred restaurants, Osteria Francescana which is ranked number five in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
In addition, the head chef of Ristorante Cracco, Carlo Cracco, will be producing a starter of Saffron poached egg with courgettes and mussels, while Davide Scabin, chef proprietor of Combal.Zero, will create a Pasta Shake. The two restaurants ranked 55th and 59th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, respectively. Other dishes that will be served during the lunch are White fish in an aromatic herb crust with a chlorophyll reduction, created by Gennaro Esposito, chef at two Michelin-starred restaurants La Torre Del Saracino, and the legendary Carbonara of one of Italy’s youngest Michelin-starred chefs, Luciano Monosilio.
The lunch will take place over the course of the afternoon, in typical relaxed, Italian style. Before each course is served, the chef will take to the stage to demonstrate the intricacies of creating his chosen dish. A Harrods trained sommelier will then give a brief description of the wine or beer that has been carefully chosen to complement it. Six screens, placed around the room, will ensure that every guest is able to see the demonstrations from wherever they are sitting.
The intimate nature of the lunch allows guests to partake in culinary discussions with the chefs, guided by a top industry figure who will lead Q&A sessions throughout the afternoon. Allowing for a convivial, informal atmosphere, guests will dine on large round tables, each seating up to 10.
Founded in 2004 by Italian journalist Paolo Marchi and Claudio Ceroni, who is renowned for the organisation of grand events, Identità Golose is a culinary organisation with the aim of highlighting the best of contemporary Italian cuisine, showcasing the culinary excellence of each Italian region and honouring top Italian chefs who proudly blend traditional techniques with modern methods. The first Identità Golose event was held in Milan in 2005 and, following its success, has since launched Identità London in 2009 and Identità New York in 2010.